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About Kathryn

Kathryn Nevatt has been freediving since 2005. She has worked her way from absolute beginner to one of the world’s best and has sat at or near the top of the world rankings every year since 2008. She has held a multitude of New Zealand and Oceanic records in all six competition events as well as a world record in Dynamic without fins and world champion in static apnea.

In Lignano, Italy at the AIDA Indoor World Champs in 2011 she became World Champion in Static Apnea, won silver in Dynamic without fins and placed 4th in Dynamic Apnea. She was recognised as runner up to the World's Best Female Freediver for 2011.

In 2008 and 2009 she set four unofficial and one official world record in the distance based pool event of Dynamic without fins, swimming underwater breaststroke 159m on a single breath and was published in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records (as Kathryn McPhee). At the 2009 indoor world championships in Denmark she won medals in all three events. Kathryn was voted “World’s best female freediver of 2008” in the ICARE awards. She has a breath hold of over 7 and a half minutes and has dived to a depth of 65m.

Kathryn is also a D-Level AIDA International judge.

Kathryn is a member of the Queenstown Freediving Club (join them on Facebook), diving, coaching and organising local competitions and trips. The club trains regularly at Alpine Aqualand and occasionally at the Wanaka Pool.

Kathryn ran the very successful Lazy Seal Freediving Club in Wellington from 2005 to 2009 and then the ever-growing Breathtakers Freediving Club from 2011-2015. There she taught most of the new members to dive and helped with coaching of the more serious divers and organised competitions and trips away. She has offered her remote coaching service since 2008 and has had successes with all students achieving personal bests, setting new national records and winning medals at world champs.

Kathryn is excited about bringing the sport of freediving to the Queenstown Lakes DIstrict and encourages you to make contact if you are interested in learning more about the sport, regardless of your background or ability.

Freediving disciplines

Static Apnea
breath hold time in the pool
Dynamic Apnea
distance swum in pool on a single breath, usually in a monofin
Dynamic without fins
distance swum in pool on a single breath without the use of fins
Constant weight
depth dived to and returned from on a single breath, usually in a monofin, the diver follows a rope but can not pull on it except for at the turn and must return to the surface with the same equipment they left with
Constant weight without fins
as above but without the use of fins
Free Immersion
depth dived without fins but the diver may pull on the rope
Variable Weight
non-competition event where the diver goes as deep as possible but may drop weight at the bottom for an easier descent and ascent
No Limits non-competition event where the diver rides a sled as deep as they can and then fills an air bag to ride back to the surface as seen on the film "The Big Blue"

Kathryn's Personal Bests

DNF: 165m 25/8/14 NR
DYN: 194m 22/8/09
STA: 7'40" 8/06/14 NR
CWT: -65m 10/4/08
CNF: -52m 7/4/09
FIM: -58m 5/9/09
(WR = world record, NR = national record)

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